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Bridge Builder Award



Wooo Hooo!!!  I won an award for my blog!!!  You may not have heard about it as it is an award that was recently created by Wendy over at “Burning or Building Bridges In The Community?”   I’ll let her describe what it’s all about:

The bridge builder award  is pretty simple really. Think of a blogger or web writer you know who, in their connections with others, really has a heart for building bridges between all different types of people. Someone who leaves you with a little more hope, humor, humility, happiness.

My post for the Bridging The Gap Synchroblog  and the conversation that was generated from that post was what grabbed Wendy’s attention.

Be sure and check out Wendy’s blog.  She started her blog after she was fired from a non-profit organization strictly because of her sexual orientation. 

I want to say that I am humbled and thrilled to accept the Bridge Builder’s Award!!!!!!!!!!

Can you handle The Good News?

Illustration by Nidhi Balwada from India

Illustration by Nidhi Balwada from India

J.R. Woodward has a blog series going on over at his blog Dream Awakener called “The Good News”.  The series runs from April 13 to May 31 with a post from a different author each day.  I’m in the process of reading them right now and they are definitely worth the time.  One of my favorites is by Raffi Shahinian from Parable of a Prodigal World.  Raffi’s post is along the lines of “you can’t handle the good news” ( A Few Good Men).  Let me know about your favorites … and also anything you’d like to say about “The Good News”.

January Synchroblog – Faith and Ethnicity


blogging in unity

thinking independently

I am not participating in the synchroblog this time around but wanted to link to the ones who are.  I love this group of bloggers – they are kind, talented, thoughtful, sharp and just all around “good people”.  Be sure and let them know what you think of their posts as they all enjoy hearing from their readers.  And if you are interested in joining the group go here for more info.

The following posts are part of a synchroblog on the general theme of “Faith and ethnicity”.

Phil Wyman (That’s me) on Seeing the Middle East from a Jewish Perspective
Joshua Jinno the Antechurch
Raffi Shahinian on Faith and Ethnicity: A True Story
Susan Barnes on Just a God of the West
K.W. Leslie on Why I went to an all-white church
Adam Gonnerman on Multicultural experience (and inexperience)
Matt Stone on Is the church ready for a multiethnic future?
Beth Patterson on Viva la particularities
Steve Hayes on Christianity and ethnicity”
Matthew Snyder asks What’s Your Nation?
Jeff Goins on Gypsies in Spain



There will be two synchroblogs in the month of January.

Everyone is invited to get involved.

There will be an interfaith synchroblog on the general theme of “Religion and Science” on 8 January 2008.


The original synchroblog group will be having a synchroblog on January 14 on the general theme of “Faith and Ethnicity”. The original group was Christian, though others are welcome to join it.

For more information see, or contact Phil Wyman at

Hope For A Tree Cut Down


I love the blogging world…the way one good thing leads to another good thing.

I was over at Missio Dei reading a great post by Jonathan Brink  about  The Great Emergence conference that was held in Memphis, TN Dec 4 – 6.  In the post he mentioned that Nadia Bolz-Weber, author of Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television, got to open each session with sections of her book.  I wasn’t familiar with her work and went to check out her blog, Sarcastic Lutheran (which Jonathan was nice enough to link to).

Now stay with me…I started at Missio Dei and jumped over to Sarcastic Lutheran.

When I got to Nadia’s blog her most recent post was about a free album called Hope For A Tree Cut Down from Church of the Beloved.  So I clicked on that link. Turns out the album is available for free and it is hauntingly beautiful.  If you have trouble getting to Church of the Beloved (I had a little trouble – probably because they are getting a lot of hits) you can find it on ITunes as a podcast for free.

The title of the album is taken from Job 14:7-9:

At least there is hope for a tree:  If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail.  Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil,  yet at the scent of water it will bud  and put forth shoots like a plant. 

Here are some good words about the album:

From their website, “That is what we are discovering together at Church of the Beloved – a hope.  Hope that something new is beginning that has very old roots.  Hope that God is growing life out of our devastation, trust out of our cynicism, love out of our fear, community out of our isolation….  And that’s what this album is about – fumbling into God’s grace.  It is a seismic and humble shift when our heart can hear the words that God has been saying to us for all our lives, ‘…nothing can separate you from the Love of God which is in Christ Jesus’.  These songs say ‘Yes’ to God’s claim upon your life that, ‘You are my Beloved.’”

From Some highly creative and generous friends over at Church of the Beloved have recorded a fantastic set of music that stands in the spiritual and musical traditions of Sufjan, Colbalt Season and Over the Rhine- it evokes similar worshipful and emotive responses for me. This is an exemplary demonstration of contextual, local and indigenous worship that has come out of a faith community that is in touch with their creativity:

If you do download the record please share your appreciation with the folks who put this together. Please email them or leave a comment at their site.

Let It Snow On Your WordPress Blog

I live in Texas where it doesn’t snow that much. (We had one day last year when it snowed several inches and then it was gone the next day.) But my wordpress blog is a different story – it will be snowing on my blog all month long thanks to the good people of wordpress.

Have a wordpress blog and want to make it snow on your blog? Go to your Dashboard, click on Appearance, go to Extras and check the box to make it snow. Have fun and…let it snow, let it snow, let it snow (on your blog).

Blog Comment Day


John at Smulo Space has started “Blog Comment Day“.

I think it is a great idea.  Here are the guidelines if you want to participate:

  • On December 3, 2008 you will leave one comment on at least 5 different blogs.
  • Out of the 5 blogs you comment on, at least 2 of them will be blogs you haven’t commented on previously.

Here’s some of where I ended up:

the carnival in my head

beauty and depravity

one hand clapping

flirting with faith 

cracks in the sidewalk